7 Days of Spring…DAY 2 – 3/28/09

DAY 2
3/28/09

I got off to an early start.  I left my hotel around 8am and headed to Maryvale Baseball Park.  I arrived at the park around 8:30 and started wandering around.  Only a few of the big leaguers were out in the cages.  Fielder, Gwynn, Jr., Rottino, Hall, Sveum and Yount.  There was no potential for snagging so I wandered some more.

I found the Single A Brewers team hitting on one of the side fields, so, I set up camp.

BASEBALL #1
A young player by the name of Rapoza #55 tossed one over the fence to me.  Upon further inspection, it was a Florida State League baseball.  Very cool.

3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 022.jpg                      Here’s a picture of the Florida State League baseball.

BASEBALL #2
About 20 minutes later, I spotted #14 PASCUAL, a minor leaguer for the Brewers.  So, I yelled, “dame la bolla, por favor, senor!”  He snapped his head in my direction and flashed a toothy grin.  Between us, was a high netted fence that prevents baseballs from leaving the park in left field.  Behind the fence is a parking lot, so, you can imagine how many windshields this net saves. But, it was now standing between me and baseball #2.  So, I pointed over the top of this 80 foot fence.  I then held up my glove for #14 PASCUAL.  He looked up and fired it high into the sky.  I took a few steps back, reaching the end of the sidewalk and the start of the curb and caught it.  “Gracias!”  To both #14 and baseball snagger Zack Hample for his bi-lingual snagging tactics.
3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 024.jpgIt’s hard to see, but the baseball above (#2) was an Official Minor League Baseball with President Pat O’Conner’s stamped signature.

                      Gates were opening soon…time to buy my lawn ticket.
3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 001.jpg                   $8.00 for admission to a major league event-still such a bargain.

BASEBALLS #3 and #4
The stadium gates opened @11 am and I raced to the left field berm to claim my turf.  The first Brewers group to hit was FIELDER/HARDY/WEEKS/KENDALL.  The first 3 are BP studs.  Prince jacked one to deep center and I took off after it.  I chased it down on a bounce when I heard another one land about 100 feet away.  I ran toward the sound and gloved it on a high 1st bounce.  Two baseballs in 10 seconds!!

BASEBALL #5
A few minutes later, I gloved one on the fly off the bat of J.J. Hardy. 

It should be noted that there were a lot of people present with baseball gloves.

BASEBALL #6
A few minutes later, Rickie Weeks hit a smash that I gloved on the fly.

BASEBALL #7
J.J. Hardy hit another one I gloved on the fly.

BASEBALL #8
The next group to hit included Bill Hall.  Hall usually is a BP stud.  Not this day.  Although, he did manage to hit one in my direction.  I took off after it and caught that one on the fly, too!

Upon closer inspection of the Bill Hall BP homer, I noticed it was an ’08 All Star game baseball.  Cool stuff.
3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 023.jpgThe 2008 All Star baseball used in Brewers BP at Maryvale Park 3-28-09.  Ball was hit by Brewers 3B Bill Hall and caught on the fly.  That unique blue mark was most likely from the hitter’s eye at Maryvale Park.  (They have a blue metal backstop-this baseball must have been hit by another player beforehand).

The rest of the Milwaukee Brewers hitters did their best Pittsburgh Pirates imitation and failed to reach the warning track.

I had some down time, so I wandered around and took some pictures.
3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 003.jpg Here’s a picture of Trevor Hoffman’s little clan. I didn’t see Trevor once on my trip due to his injury.

3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 015.jpgHere’s my view of the game.  A very uneventful game…I might add.

BASEBALL #9
I decided to go down to the box seats for the 9th inning and a different view.  While above the Brewers dugout, a baseball came popping over the dugout roof.  I was in the 2nd row and reached out my hand and claimed it before it hit the ground. 

Right place-right time.
Brewers won 4-2.

3_28_09 Athletics vs Brewers 021.jpgI ended up snagging 9 baseballs this day (3/28/09).  In order (counter-clockwise).  Also shown is my roster note sheet (a must for any ballhawk).

TOTALS

  • 4 baseballs snagged on the
    fly (BP)
  • 2 snagged on the bounce
  • 3 toss-up baseballs

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9 baseballs total 3/28/09  
+
6 baseballs from 3/27/09
______
   
15 baseballs (2 days)

5 Comments

Great job! Smiley face is always good!

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

Great job brotha. I know exactly what you’re talking about. Chasing after one baseball and as soon as you snag it you always need to be ready for # 2. Nice job baggin the double snag. Nine is a helluva haul. You killed it…D

Nice take! It was cool seeing you on TSN sportscenter here.
Looks like you had beautiful weather. I think it might rain throughout the week here, sorry!
http://homerfoodandhistory.mlblogs.com/

Wow! 15 balls in just two days? That’s impressive. Just wondering though, what do you do with all of them?
Sue
Rants, Raves, and Random Thoughts

JULIA…
Yes it is.

D…
Nine wasn’t too shabby. It would get better-stay tuned.

JEREMY…
I’m glad you got to see that. I don’t mind rain-you have a roof!

SUE…
Stay tuned-it gets better. Many of the baseballs I snag are given to smaller Brewers fans. Some I attempt to get signed. Some I use for hitting and fielding practice. The rest I just let pile up. They all get put to use!!

“Happy”

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